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To Rome with Love (2012)



Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 164
Fresh: 71 | Rotten: 93

To Rome With Love sees Woody Allen cobbling together an Italian postcard of farce, fantasy, and comedy with only middling success.


Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 46
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 21

To Rome With Love sees Woody Allen cobbling together an Italian postcard of farce, fantasy, and comedy with only middling success.



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To Rome with Love is a kaleidoscopic comedy movie set in one of the world's most enchanting cities. The film brings us into contact with a well-known American architect reliving his youth; an average middle-class Roman who suddenly finds himself Rome's biggest celebrity; a young provincial couple drawn into separate romantic encounters; and an American opera director endeavoring to put a singing mortician on stage. -- (C) Sony Pictures Classics



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Jan 15, 2013


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Allen's creative revival comes to a juddering halt with a foursome of would-be amusing vignettes that barely muster a laugh between them.

September 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Once upon a time, calling a movie "lesser Woody Allen" might be considered a slap in the face. Now, it's more-or-less expected.

July 7, 2012 Full Review Source: ReelViews | Comments (8)
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Allen's story moves along quite wonderfully, primarily because of his nuanced casting.

July 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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Most of the characters are archetypes, yet Allen treats them with genuine affection and avoids the bitterness that's marred much of his recent work.

July 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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It's minor Woody, but it's still Woody.

July 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Detroit News | Comments (4)
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Not great, but not grating.

July 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Comment (1)
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Weightless and harmless and made with good cheer.

June 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin

The value of 'Rome' is reduced by Allen's inability to fluidly meld the overlapping story lines.

June 2, 2013 Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger
The Patriot Ledger

Inconsistencies in time and space elements, and a plot that echoes an episode of The Flintstones, join generally underdeveloped attempts at suspending disbelief to mar Allen's attempt to represent the city of Fellini.

April 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

Compared to "Midnight in Paris," this homage isn't nearly as sure-footed.

January 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

I liked it - but I can see why some won't.

December 20, 2012 Full Review Source:

There are four "stories", linked by the fact that they all take place in Rome. None of them are funny, interesting or in the slightest way connected to how real people exist.

December 4, 2012 Full Review Source: ABC Radio (Australia)
ABC Radio (Australia)

These roughly connected comic sketches don't really add up to a whole movie, but there are enough laughs here and there to keep the film afloat.

October 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Allen's Roman sojourn results in little more than a series of fanciful vignettes, occasionally insightful and not without the odd chuckle, but mostly just rather silly and inconsequential.

October 22, 2012 Full Review Source:

After the surprise triumph of Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen returns with another charmer set in a foreign city... At 76, he's clearly at the top of his game.

October 19, 2012 Full Review Source: 3AW

The laughs feel familiar, the characters feel like caricatures and Woody Allen seems to be on autopilot.

October 18, 2012 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

Woody Allen's sudsy ode to Rome, while joyful and amusing, rings hollow.

October 18, 2012 Full Review Source: MovieFIX

The vacuous dialogue in Allen's screenplay is exceptionally clunky. What he envisages as cheeky comes off as creaky.

October 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Herald Sun (Australia)
Herald Sun (Australia)

He can't get away with what he got away with 50 years ago and that's the thing. His timing is off. He's not funny. He used to be achingly funny and beautiful.

October 18, 2012 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

It's not a bad film, but TO ROME WITH LOVE is very minor Woody Allen.

October 18, 2012 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

A good-looking, familiar Woody romp.

October 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Birmingham Post
Birmingham Post

It's a movie of moments - some great, some good, some flat out bad - just as his Allen's career has been made up of moments too.

October 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Quickflix

A largely forgettable letdown that could have, should have been a contender.

October 14, 2012 Full Review Source: The Sunday Age

To Rome With Love invites comparisons with Midnight in Paris - to the former's detriment. Opening and closing with Volare, one of the corniest in the Italian pop song repertoire, Allen wears the corny badge with pride throughout

October 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

There a frenzy of activity with abundant characters, fast one liners, amusing moments and clever ideas in Woody Allen's love letter to Rome, although after the finesse of Midnight in Paris, it seems rather trivial

October 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

To Rome With Love is a triumphant examination of life and love's many splendors, spilt out on the streets on Rome at their wickedly absurd and poignantly profound moments...

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Audience Reviews for To Rome with Love

Scattered and occasionally nonsensical but there are enough pleasant bits to balance out the things that don't work to make it an overall enjoyable film
January 28, 2014
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I think it tries to be clever but it just doesn't really pull it off.
January 14, 2014

Super Reviewer

I'm right down the middle with Woody Allen's To Rome with Love. It's an apt name, as this is his love letter to classic Italian cinema, leaning ever so slightly towards Federico Fellini more than others though (The White Sheik anyone?). The film is split into 4 different shorter films. The 'Singing in the Shower' film that is the one that Allen himself stars in is great. The supporting cast weren't anything to write home about but Allen and Fabio Armiliato are both very funny. I'm one to find Allen's performances annoying at the best of times but he doesn't overdo it here, letting Fabio Armiliato take centre stage and quite rightly so. The shower scenes on stage had me in stitches, it was very funny and Allen at his best. The second film I liked was the one with Roberto Benigni and his 'Sudden celebrity status'. Roberto Benigni doing even the mundane day to day tasks is watchable, he can make anything funny. It was lovely to see him on screen again and in this film Allen captures a part of Italian Cinema that I also adore. Unfortunately, those 2 films are marred be to far inferior films. The PenÚlope Cruz film was a copy of Fellini's The White Sheik among others. I appreciated seeing Cruz in that red dress but nothing else about the film worked, especially the fact that none of it makes sense. The days pass and the characters are still doing the same things, the continuity goes straight out the window and I think Italian cinema deserves more credit, and that goes for the stereotyping as well! The last film is my least favourite (I say last, they all interweave, one at a time would have been better). In many ways Jesse Eisenberg and Ellen Page are the perfect match. They are both the most annoying people in cinema working today (not to mention over rated). They never convince and are poorly cast, he is far from the young Allen you'd think he was and she is no object of affection. I liked Alec Baldwin's role although like others, I have no idea what or who he was supposed to be. Greta Gerwig is brilliant but is totally underused which left me baffled. So all in all, I'm right down the middle. I've never loved and hated a movie at the same time as much as I have here. It's better than You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger but it's no Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
July 24, 2013

Super Reviewer

To Rome with Love was one of the most boring, messy, unineresting, long films I have seen recently. I can confidently say that I hated it. I gave it a star for the talent that was in the film. I have only liked a handful of Woody Allen's films. I think he's tallented and does unique films, but this one was pure crap. None of the characters are likable. I usually find Woody odd and a bit funny, but here he was just a mumbling annoyance. Baldwins performance made me feel like I was watching him in another commercial. It was just all so awful. It's not a film for me. It may be for you. But I doubt it.
March 13, 2013

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